Newly appointed Assistant Minister for Fisheries the Hon. Jonathon Duniam will meet with industry representatives in Port Lincoln – the first stop on a national tour aimed at strengthening ties with the industry.
Taking a tour of a fish farm and processing facility, the Assistant Minister will meet with representatives from export companies and wild catch fisheries.
“Port Lincoln is home to one of Australia’s most productive fishing industries – this visit is an important opportunity to meet with industry leaders here in South Australia and hear about what matters to them,” Assistant Minister Duniam said.
“In 2016-17, the South Australian fishing and aquaculture industry contributed almost half a billion dollars to the Australian economy – helping to support local jobs and growth in our regions.
“Here in Port Lincoln, the Southern Bluefin Tuna (SBT) is the single most valuable species in the region and in South Australia’s aquaculture industry.
“With our industry sustainably managed to international standards, we have a lot to be proud of in our fisheries right across the country, with South Australia no exception.
“I look forward to working with the sector in helping the industry continue to grow into the future,” Assistant Minister Duniam said.
The member for Grey, Rowan Ramsey, said the invitation was extended in order for the new minister to become more familiar with the important Eyre Peninsula seafood region; home to the largest fishing fleet in the southern hemisphere.”
“It’s important for those involved in the seafood industry here in South Australia to have an avenue to speak with the Minister and build relationships as we work to ensure a healthy and sustainable export seafood industry in Australia,” Mr Ramsey concluded.